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Reading in transliteration: kopiụ
Reading in original script: K dO3 dP dI dU6 d
Variant reading: koliụ
K dO3 dL2 dI dU6 d

Object: CO·66 Como (bottle)
Position: bottom, outside
Orientation: 180°
Direction of writing: dextroverse
Script: North Italic script (Lepontic alphabet)
Letter height: 2–2.9 cm0.787 in <br />1.142 in <br />
Number of letters: 5
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched after firing
Condition: complete

Archaeological culture: La Tène D 1 [from object]
Date of inscription: second half of 2nd century BC [from object]

Type: unknown
Language: Celtic
Meaning: 'Kopiu' (?)

Alternative sigla: Morandi 2004: 197

Sources: Morandi 2004: 648 f. no. 197



First published in Morandi 2004: 648 f., no. 197.

Images in Negroni Catacchio 1979: 508, fig. 12 (drawing = Negroni Catacchio 1982: fig. 47 [one of them mirrored]), Morandi 2004: 647, fig. 23.197 (drawing, mirrored?).

Inscribed in a slight curve along the rim of the foot. Our entry follows Morandi, who gives the writing direction as dextroverse with a question mark, his drawing showing the inscription dextroverse and written inverted, as in Negroni Catacchio 1979: 508, fig. 12; Negroni Catacchio 1982: fig. 47 displays the drawing of the vessel's underside + inscription mirrored. The last group of scratches is somewhat messy, but Morandi's segmentation into iota and upsilon U6 s is the best solution, even though the form of upsilon is not common; upsilon determines the orientation of the inscription (head-down). The third letter can be read as pi or lambda, but pi is more likely statistically; kopiu can also be better analysed despite the (dubious) parallel for koliu in koliuetu (Morandi 2004: 692). Whether Morandi's reading kop̣iu is due to the uncertain reading of the letter or the comparatively long bar is unclear.

Two large irregularly cross-shaped characters (~7 cm) are scratched into the shoulder of the vessel, roughly on either side of the neck; they are surely unconnected to the inscription. (Drawing in Negroni Catacchio 1979: 508, fig. 12 = Negroni Catacchio 1982: fig. 47.)

Corinna Salomon